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Rwanda genocide victims demand justice

Kigali: The survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda appealed Sunday to Western countries to apprehend genocide fugitives ahead of Monday's event to commemorate 20 years of the event.

"I lost all my family during the genocide but the people who mercilessly killed them are moving freely in France and Belgium. I am so devastated about this because I want justice for my family," Xinhua quoted Marie Clare Mukayiranga, a survivor, as saying.

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Rwanda genocide victims demand justice

Kigali: The survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda appealed Sunday to Western countries to apprehend genocide fugitives ahead of Monday's event to commemorate 20 years of the event.

"I lost all my family during the genocide but the people who mercilessly killed them are moving freely in France and Belgium. I am so devastated about this because I want justice for my family," Xinhua quoted Marie Clare Mukayiranga, a survivor, as saying.

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Pro-Russian protesters seize government building in Ukraine

Kiev: Protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk have seized the building of the regional state administration, chanting slogans and waving flags of pro-Russian public organisations in their hands.

About 2,000 people gathered in Donetsk’s central Lenin Square Sunday to voice their support for the officers of the Berkut riot police who had been detained by the Ukrainian security services on suspicion of manslaughter during the confrontation in Kiev.

The authorities, according to the protesters, were trying to “play a card of repression against dissidents”.

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13 agitators arrested in connection with riot on Yangon outskirts

Yangon : At least 13 agitators have been arrested in connection with a sectarian clash Friday in Hlegu, a small township on the outskirts of Yangon.

Though the situation in Hlegu remained calm, a dusk-to-dawn curfew order is still in place on the small town which bans gathering of more than five people, Xinhua reported Sunday.

The violence was triggered by an incident Friday afternoon, in which a Myanmar boy, who sells plastic covers in the Hlegu Central Market, was allegedly hurt by a local Muslim in the eye.

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Seven killed in China landslide

Beijing : Seven people were killed while one person was rescued when a landslide hit China's Shanxi province early Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The incident occurred at 2.20 a.m. in Xiguan Village of Jixian County, situated in a valley. Some 2,000 cubic metres of earth and stone buried a two-storey building, trapping eight people, according to the information office of the county government.

Rescuers later saved one person but found seven bodies.

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Dalai Lama to meet Japan quake survivors

Dharamsala : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Sunday began his 12-day visit to Japan, where he will offer prayers and provide solace to the survivors of the devastating earthquake March 11, 2011, an official said here.

"His Holiness will attend a special prayer service Monday for those affected by the disaster in Sendai city," said Lhakpa Tshoko, spokesperson for the Dalai Lama's office.

An earthquake measuring 9 on the Richter scale and a subsequent tsunami three years ago, had left thousands dead and missing in Japan.

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Tens of thousands join pro-government rally in Bangkok

Bangkok : Tens of thousands of people from across Thailand joined a pro-government rally in Bangkok Saturday to express their support for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Bangkok Post reported.

Shinawatra's supporters gathered along Aksa Road in the capital's Thawi Watthana district, where the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) intends to mass until Monday.

They warned that the courts were trying to "take over power without elections".

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French court summons dogs as witnesses

London: A French court has sought help from man's best friend in a murder trial, media reported Friday.

A nine-year-old labrador named Tango has testified as a star witness in the murder case of its master, who was killed in a fight in the city of Tours in Central France, the Daily Express reported Friday.

Tango was called to the witness stand to identify the suspect.

It was summoned to bark at the alleged suspect waving a bat in the courtroom.

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No confirmation pulse detected linked to MH370: China

Perth: A pulse signal picked up by a Chinese patrol ship Saturday has not been confirmed as related to missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, according to China Maritime Search and Rescue Centre even as the search operation for the lost jet in the southern Indian Ocean made no headway by the end of the day.

A black box detector deployed by the Haixun 01 picked up the signal with a frequency of 37.5kHz per second at around 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longtitude in southern Indian Ocean waters Saturday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

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Indian priest faces deportation for molestation in US

Washington: An Indian-American priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home in Minnesota has been sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation, according to media reports.

Father Leo Charles Koppala pleaded guilty March 17 to criminal sexual conduct charges involving a minor child and is likely to be deported to India, according to local CBS News.

Koppala, 47, was a priest of the Nellore Diocese in Andhra Pradesh in South India where he reportedly helped raise money to support an orphanage, according to Fairmont Sentinel.

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